Huddersfield winger Tom Ince has today revealed why he sees Manchester United as being less potent than title rivals Man City and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Terriers welcomed United to the Kirklees Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and emerged with a shock 2-1 win thanks to goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre.
After a tight opening 25 minutes which had seen both sides struggle to create clear-cut chances, Red Devils defender Phil Jones pulled up with an injury.
Jones had been in excellent form to begin the campaign, and, with Eric Bailly already sidelined, the English stopper’s problem meant a major defensive reshuffle for Jose Mourinho and co.
Big-money summer signing Victor Lindelof was brought on in place of Jones, but the Swede once again looked nervy in his approach, a trait which proved hugely costly for his side within just 3 minutes of his introduction.
After Juan Mata gave the ball away in the middle of the park, Aaron Mooy slid Tom Ince in down the left, with the English winger turning Lindelof inside out before unleashing a strike straight at David De Gea.
The ball rebounded to Mooy, however, who smashed home a quality finish to put the home side in front.
And Jones’ absence was keenly felt once again just 5 minutes later, as Lindelof inexplicably allowed a long ball to sail over his head, with Terriers striker Laurent Depoitre the beneficiary, as he coolly rounded De Gea to slot home into an empty net.
Substitute Marcus Rashford did manage to pull one back for United in the 78th minute, but the damage had been done, and Huddersfield held on to secure a vital 3 points.
As things stand
The result leaves United level with Spurs in second place in the Premier League table, but, crucially, also sees Jose Mourinho’s men slip a full 5 points behind Pep Guardiola’s rampant City.
Speaking in an interview today, Huddersfield winger Tom Ince was questioned on how his side managed to get one over on his father’s former club, with the 25-year-old suggesting that United’s one-dimensional tactics made them predictable and easier to defend against than the likes of Tottenham and Man City:
‘When you look at United, they’re obviously a top quality side, but they don’t really play with the same fluidity as Spurs or Manchester City.’
‘They build up the game quite slow, they like to get it out wide and we felt that if we could win the ball the back and try to exploit the space in behind – the space the full-backs leave because they go so high – then we were able to do that.’
‘Yeah, of course, it’s a shock to the system for them because obviously they’ve come here expecting to win.’
‘But we’re happy with the three points and it’s a great day for the town.’ (Quotes via the Daily Star)